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  • Top-ranked Mercy turns back Lady...

    Free throws made the difference as top-ranked Mercy handed Anderson County its first loss of the season, 75-66, in girls’ basketball action last Thursday in Louisville.

    Mercy connected on 18-of-24 charity tosses while Anderson only went to the line 12 times, hitting seven. The Jaguars also turned 25 Anderson turnovers into 28 points.

  • Defense dominates as Anderson...

    You’ve heard of defensive domination, but Anderson County took that to a different realm Saturday night.

    Anderson gave up one basket in the second half – that is not a misprint – as the Lady Bearcats roared to a 72-21 romp past Western Hills.

    That was one basket after Anderson had reeled off 31 straight points and had held Western Hills scoreless for almost 16 minutes.

    Anderson coach Clay Birdwhistell could only laugh when he was facetiously asked if there was a defensive lapse that allowed the bucket.

  • Lady Bearcats host district,...

    Anderson County’s first trip through the 30th District Girls’ basketball race continues Saturday when the Lady Bearcats host Spencer County. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

    Spencer, the district runner-up to Anderson the last two seasons, was hit hard by graduation last year, but returns guard Alyssa Howie, the pre-season pick as the Eighth Region’s top player.

    A 5-5 senior guard, Howie has been starting on the Bear varsity since she was in the seventh grade. She will have to carry her team in her final campaign.

  • Bearcats expect success as Hyatt...

    The reality of where he was punched Bryan Hyatt in the early evening hours of October 15.

    Hyatt had just completed his first official practice as head coach of the boys’ basketball program at Anderson County High School. He’d put the balls up and locked the doors.

    And he walked to his truck.

    Alone.

    “I think that was the first time I had ever left practice alone,” Hyatt says. “Glen and I always walked out at the same time.”

  • Nine wins a Big Blue milestone...

    I never thought I would see the day when I would be able to type the following sentence.

    The University of Kentucky football team has won nine games in a season.

    Nine. Games. In a season.

    If you are under the age of 41, you can’t say that had ever happened in your lifetime before. If you are under 50, the odds are you don’t remember much about that Wildcat team of Art Still, Jim Kovach and Derrick Ramsey.

  • Delayed launch in season opener

    MOUNT VERNON — Anderson County had a bit of delay in launching a season expected to have few limits Monday night.

    The Lady Bearcats and Rockcastle County tipped off at the appointed 7:30 p.m. but it took Anderson about 12 minutes to get going. And when the Lady Bearcats did, it was easy to see why they have their sights on finishing the year in the Sweet 16.

    Anderson rolled to a 53-36 season-opening win that showed the predictable early-season raggedness but gave a glimpse of how many weapons the Lady Bearcats have at their disposal.

  • Bearcat grapplers looking to...

    It seems like so long ago when Anderson County was a regular in the Top 25 wrestling teams in Kentucky. The Mat Cats boasted several medalists and were considered an up-and-coming power less in the early 2000s.

    Fast forward to last February when Chase Fink advanced to the state tournament medal round, finishing eighth. It was the first time an Anderson wrestler had earned a state medal since 2012.

    And, as they prepare to open the 2019 season Saturday in the Oldham County Super Duals, the Bearcats are intent on making sure others join Fink for the finals round.

  • Lady Bearcats take on state’s...

    It won’t take long to see where Anderson County stands against Kentucky’s best girls’ high school basketball teams.

    The Lady Bearcats travel to top-ranked Louisville Mercy Thursday night in an early season showdown of Top 20 teams. Last year, Mercy came to Lawrenceburg for a 67-58 win.

    With almost everyone from last year’s state runner-up back, the Jaguars were the pick to win the state championship in the Courier-Journal coaches’ poll released last week.

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  • Bearcats host Bellevue in home...

    The first home game in the Bryan Hyatt era at Anderson County High School is set for Saturday afternoon.

    The Anderson County boys host Bellevue, a school in northern Kentucky, for a 3:30 p.m. tipoff.

    Anderson was to have played at Henry County in the season opener Tuesday night after press deadlines.